So Your Child Has Been Identified as Intellectually Gifted. What Will Happen Next?
If your child meets the criteria for formal identification as Gifted, you will be invited to an IPRC meeting where identification and placement decisions will be discussed. Students identified as Gifted in Thames Valley District School Board* may receive support in the following settings or “placements”.
1. In a regular class on an IEP.
In this setting, supports may include:
Participation in the Itinerant Gifted programming is optional. You and your child have the option to accept or decline the invitation to participate. You may wish to see if your child enjoys the experience before declining. Having an open mind may make that trial participation more successful. If your family faces obstacles around scheduling, transportation, location, after school arrangements or any other factor that make the Itinerant Gifted programming a hardship for your family or your child, it is important that you inform the teachers and principal at the home school of this situation and ask for their help in finding suitable solutions. Your child will be invited to participate each year in grades 5-8 and may opt-in or out each year.
In keeping with the philosophy of educational delivery in Ontario, for example as outlined in Learning for All (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/LearningforAll2013.pdf), a child that has demonstrated rapid mastery of curriculum expectations and/or competent performance of beyond grade level abilities, should in fact have already been receiving in-classroom enrichment and extension programming even before a formal identification as Gifted through the IPRC process.
2. In a self-contained Gifted class.
Placement in a self-contained Gifted class may be recommended for the Grade 5-8 level through the IPRC process.
The purpose of this class is to:
Every year there are more applications for self-contained Gifted class placement than spaces available. Currently there are two grade 5/6 classes meaning that approximately 25 grade 4 students will be selected to enter for the following school year. Other students who meet the criteria may be placed on a waitlist and offered any additional spots that become available.
All applications to the self-contained Gifted class are reviewed by system staff using a process which takes into consideration the recommendation of the student’s home school and prioritizes student’s needs by considering the following criteria.
Criteria for placement in a Gifted self-contained class:
3. Through Gifted lines at the secondary level.
Secondary schools with Gifted students are given extra staffing allocations in order to address the needs of identified Gifted students. Programming available varies from school to school. When considering secondary school options, ask specifically about what is available for identified Gifted students.
* The LCDSB does not have self-contained gifted classes for any age group. Most accommodation occurs within the regular classroom. There have been pull-out sessions offered during the school year. In the past, the frequency with which these are offered is less than that of TVDSB. In all schools (public or private) an identification of intellectual giftedness through testing results in the child receiving an Individual Education Plan that details what strengths and needs the child has that are different from the curriculum they would otherwise receive. It is the principal's legal responsibility to ensure that the child's needs, as outlined in the IEP, are being met.